The United Arab Emirates will be exploring the use of UAVs to deliver important documents—drivers licenses, tickets, birth certificates, deeds, etc.—to citizens. Government officials showcased an unmanned aerial vehicle prototype early on Monday.
With four rotors and the ability to haul packages—government documents, so they would be fairly light—in its upper compartment, the UAV is 18” in width. Specific stats and abilities about the delivery drone weren’t mentioned, but engineer Abdulrahman Alserkal mentioned that the UAV will have retina and fingerprint recognition for security purposes.
Civil usage of drones is nothing new for UAE. In the previous months, Dubai officials have used drones in local services by observing fires for the fire department and for security surveillance during sporting events.
In discussing the plans for their document delivering drones with Reuters, minister of cabinet affairs Mohammed al-Gergawi, stated, “Within a year from now we will understand the capabilities of the system and what sort of services and how far we can deliver. Eventually a new product will be launched across all the country.”